Eastern European Markets
October, 31. 2005

Investment in international growth
Halton Group expands to Eastern Europe, Russia and China

Halton Group, a leading international supplier of indoor climate solutions, is opening sales offices in Slovakia and Russia. The group's international expansion continues further in Asia, as the company sets up a manufacturing unit for indoor climate products aimed at the Chinese market.

In line with its international expansion strategy, Halton strengthened its commercial kitchen operations by acquiring the English and US business operations of Vent Master Ltd. in spring 2005. The group is currently expanding its international operations in other business areas, too.

Halton Indoors, which specialises in indoor climate solutions, will extend its sales network by opening an office in Russia, whereas Halton Clairia, a cutting

- We will exploit Finland’s highly renowned indoor climate expertise when expanding our international operations. Considerable economic growth is taking place in Eastern Europe, Russia and Asia, and it is in line with our growth strategy to establish units in these areas. Widespread expertise in indoor climate management combined with an extensive network of business operations and clients in Europe, Asia and the USA will support Halton's growth in the future, too, says Managing Director of Halton Group Heikki Rinne.

Halton Group is a supplier of indoor climate solutions for public buildings, commercial kitchens and marine vessels. With an annual turnover of 100 million euros and a staff force of some 750, Halton can be regarded as one of the largest international companies in its sector. In addition to two business units in Finland, Halton Group has production and research centres in the United States, Canada, Hungary, Malaysia and France. Halton has operations in a total of 16 countries.

For further information:
Managing Director Heikki Rinne
Tel.: +358 9 825 4000

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